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Friday Facts for February 26, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

Link To Us

We have had a lot of requests for a Facebook-sized link to our web page from member websites. Click Here to find the logo below, and several other different-sized logos, so that you can link your website to ours.

For Our Community and All Our Members.

From John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Here is a copy of John’s Column printed in the newspaper on February 23.

For Our Members

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR APRIL 2021. We are very pleased to announce that our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM will be returning to its usual monthly spot on the Bob Alexander Radio Show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the progaming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club hosts a Tri-Chamber Meet and Greet, Business Membership Opportunity on March 30, 5-7pm. Click Here for details. Please RSVP directly with the Yacht Club.

For Our Community

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Charlotte County. For Register by phone at the Florida Dept. of Health in Charlotte County call (866) 200-9160. Or, call COVID 19 Call Center +1 (866) 776-6121, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov, or text CharCoCares to 888-777. the vaccine will also be given by select Publix stores in Charlotte County – by appointment only – www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida.

Charlotte County Centennial Year begins. May 15 – Centennial Memories. Flyer.

A Message from Roger D. Eaton, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of Charlotte County. Times got tough – and we responded!

From Fresh Jersey Tomatoes. The Chamber is partnering with FJT in a Food Drive for Charlotte County Families – Collection Box in Our Office. Please bring non-perishable items only.

FULL The 7th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival. Will be held at City Market Place, Punta Gorda as a Retro Drive-In, on Tuesday March 2, 2021.  Click Here for Event Flyer.City Wide Garage Sale, on March 6, 2021, 8am to 12noon at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd (Bal Harbor Plaza). If you would like to participate contact office (941) 639-3720 soonest. Flyer.

The Pirates are back! Pirates in Paradise Fun for all the Family on April 10 1pm to 6.30pm on the Great Lawn at Four Points by Sheraton.

Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

Networking Events for February & March

RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations. We are not able to take bookings through the website for these events at the moment, so please call (941) 639 3720 (during office hours 9am to 4pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

March 10: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant, 3078 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda. Our hosts are Jan & Dan Stuckey of ARCHway Institute. Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

March 16: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours hosted by hosted by Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, 5800 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

March 24: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte. Our speaker will be Darcy Woods from The Homeless Coalition. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. MENU: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla; CHYC Blackened Fish Sandwich; Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex. Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

Ribbon Cuttings in March

March 11: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Welcome New Member Delta Hearing LLC, 525 E. Olympia Ave, Ste #7, Punta Gorda. PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

March 18: Ribbon Cutting at 5.00pm. Celebrate the newest Mural Society offering – Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field at Veterans Park, 100 Nesbit St, Punta Gorda. PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

March 30: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Celebrate the newest property for CommunityWorks Inc at 3360 Peace River Drive, Punta Gorda 33983 (off Harborview Road). PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

All the Following Information is for Our Community. Please Support Our Local Businesses!

New Members

Mission Statement

To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management

Alissa Desguin

(941) 380-0074

PO Box 494972

Port Charlotte FL 33949



Non-Profit Organization

Sponsored by John Wright



Ross Buhrdorf

(512) 814-6420

702 San Antonio Street

Austin TX 78701



Consulting Service

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –

Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar this Sunday from 10-2 PM for Brunch on the Harbor with a side of Jazz! Enjoy a full menu and bottomless Mimosas and Blood Mary’s for $29.99 plus the accomplished Jazz voice of Sarah Santiago! SAVE THE DATE! T.T.’s Tiki Bar is hosting Rodeo Night on the Harbor for the first time on March 6th! This is a must see event! The live action will include roping and goat tying dummies, stick horse barrel racing, horse rides, and so much more. Bring the family out for a night of rodeo fun and enjoy our food and drink specials from 5-7 PM! Lastly, click to see when all of your favorite live bands will be playing. The Tiki Bar….The Place To Be!

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda (Gold) – Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Surgeon Can Perform Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery on a Beating Heart.

Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management (Gold) – Another $5000 Match!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – The seven day residential rolling statistics for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North Port shows 105 new listings, 180 closings, 328 new contracts. As of 2/25 we have 709 residential properties available. This includes all types. This is about 5 weeks of inventory. If you are considering selling please reach out and let’s talk about your goals, plans, property values and how we can put our 23 years of experience to work for you! TIME Realty Services, 239-699-4493

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Latest Newsletter.

Charlotte State Bank and Trust (Silver) – Assistant Vice President and Retail Banking Officer Jacqueline Benjamin is celebrating her 15th anniversary with Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Jacqueline attended Punta Gorda Junior High, Charlotte High School, and Manatee Community College. She is a director of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and chairs the chamber’s Membership Committee. She is a member of the executive committee overseeing the renovation of the Parkside Community Redevelopment Area, the Punta Gorda Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and serves on the boards of the Fred Lang Foundation and Friends of the Port Charlotte Public Library.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. Our current Hunter Douglas Promotion Energy Smart Style Saving Event runs until 3/22/21. Insulating shades can increase your comfort & help lower your energy bill. Rebates start at $100 on qualifying purchases. FREE In-Home consultations! 941-637-0015 / 941-828-0000

WENG (Silver in Kind) – Finally, the restrictions on your business are beginning to ease! WENG Radio will help you get the word out with this special advertising opportunity! :30 second spots available immediately for only $8 a spot. That’s 30% off regular pricing. Talk about special reminders, hours, sales, promotions, and of course, your website, location or phone number. Contact Sue Z at suez@fiorini.media or Evie Alexander at eviea@fiorini.media.

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – Looking to save money while giving back to the community? C.A.R.E. ReUse offers a wide variety of new/gently used items at a fraction of retail cost. All proceeds provide essentials to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Charlotte County. Open at both locations (PC & Englewood) Tuesday –Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Perfect for Family and Friends!

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Join GO for a dinner & concert March 2 at the Isles Yacht Club! Announcing The Carmen Gala! March 23.

One Source Accounting & Tax (Bronze) – The importance of meeting with a qualified tax professional. What to bring to the annual appointment. 

Port Charlotte Florist (Bronze in Kind) – Celebrate Anything & Everything & Save $10

Fabulous Finds, Homeless Coalition (Support) – The 1st Annual “Hope for Homeless” Spring Golf Scramble event to benefit The Homeless Coalition will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Deep Creek Golf Club located at 1260 San Cristobal Avenue in Deep Creek. Check-in is at 7:30 am and shotgun is at 8:30am. The cost is $85 and includes: 25 chance auction tickets, 2 drink tickets, a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch and mulligans for your team. Please contact Darcy Woods at (941) 627-4313, Ext. 134 or email Darcy.Woods@cchomelesscoalition.org to reserve a spot.

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s column in the newspaper, Benjamin Joshua Baker.

Military Heritage Museum (Support) – Upcoming February & March Events You Do Not Want to Miss!

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Call to Artists: ‘New Beginnings’ upcoming Juried Spring exhibit open to ALL with 1st Place Prize money at $1,000! Enter online at VisualArtCenter.org. Peace River National Art Festival is March 20-21, 9a-4p in Laishley Park, $5/person. Join us for fun Wine & Painting Socials, $40/person, register at www.VisualArtCenter.org. “The Student Show” and “Serenity” exhibits now on display. Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 10a-4p, Tue-Thu: 10a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.   Come to the Peace River National Art Festival March 20 & 21, 2021. Click Here for Details. Poster.

Member Information

Punta Gorda Symphony – TONIGHTJoin us for Behind the Notes – it’s FREE!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County – SATURDAY Grow with Us in 2021 – Farm to Table, February 27.

Suncoast Humane Society – Our Pet Palooza has been extended to March 1.

Right At Home – Helping Area Seniors When Needed! An award winning and exceptionally busy in-home care assistance agency is looking for caregivers to join our fantastic team. We are looking for anyone with the heart of caring for someone, service clients in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood and Surrounding Areas. Please apply here today: https://right-at-home-englewood.careerplug.com/jobs/1122081/apps/new

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – This week’s “celebration day” may include the “National” day to drink wine, but for us, Every Day is a great day to enjoy a great glass. Happy National Drink Wine Day to all! It’s always a good time to find a new favorite, whether it’s a new terroir with your favorite grape, or an undiscovered “gem.” Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. We have an International Wine Tasting of Dry & Sweet Wines, Craft Beer, Meads, & Ciders. Cameo appearances of Fortified, Dessert, & Ice Wines. Call 941-505-0479 or stop in Saturday to check availability. Cheers!

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance Repair Center – Brakes for Kids – click here for details.

Coastal Expressions & Wine – 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd. Suite 1135, Punta Gorda. Open Tue & Wed 10-5; Thur – Sat 10 -9. Starting Tuesday February 16th, adding to our Bar Menu Burrata Plate’s for Lunch & Dinner along with our Charcuterie BoardsLive Music Saturday night February 20th with Paul Roush. Call to reserve 941-214-8599.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Snuggle up with savings!

The Firm 360 Photography – Get ready Southwest Florida! The Firm 360° Photography is proud to be a part of the SWFL Parade of Homes™ through the CDBIA again this year. It begins March 6th and runs through the 14th. See some of the most innovative and progressive homes entered this year by local and national builders. If you can’t get out and see them all in person, click https://www.swflparadeofhomes.com/ go to their website and click the “Virtual Tour” links. Let us know how we can help you with a Virtual Tour. Call us. 941-347-8198

Drug Free Punta Gorda – AVAILABLE NOW The Don’t Wait video is now available, for a limited time, for you or anyone you can share this with, to watch at your own convenience, through a Promo Code listed below and on the flyer. Availability to watch this video is now through March 10, 2021.  This is a film every parent and caring adult must see! Here are the directions to follow to log in to the video – these directions are also on the flyer. We would be so appreciative if you would share the flyer and/or also post on Social Media: Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dontwaitpromo. Click on “Rent $10.00” You won’t be charged; it’s already paid for. You will be asked to log in or to create a Vimeo account by entering your name, email and password. Enter the Promo Code:  DFPG2021. Drug Free Punta Gorda is thankful to ARCHway Institute who provided the funding to make this dynamic and impacting film available for us to share.

Valerie’s House – is a nonprofit organization that helps grieving families who have lost a loved one in Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County. Contact Christine Carey to find out ways to volunteer, mentor, and donate (christine@valerieshouse.org or 239-841-0382). We can also schedule Valerie’s House Tours. Valerie’s House’s website: Valerie’s House

Florida Skin Center – Offering State-of-the-Art Tattoo Removal That Treats Color Inks.

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – Have your creditors stopped working with you during COVID-19? Are you worried about a possible foreclosure? Are you confused about your options and the CARES Act? Is debt consolidation, debt negotiation or bankruptcy best for you? To get answers to all your questions, contact Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill at 941-206-3700 or mmartella@icardmerrill.com to schedule a confidential, complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation to come up with a plan to eliminate your debt and enjoy a stress free, debt free life.

Pattivantonder.comI have been in the Beauty Industry for over 50 years. Consulting for REVLON and then Regional Sales and Marketing Director for ESTEE LAUDER. I was introduced to COLLAGEN ELIXIR last month. It took a few decades but….I finally found my little bottle of amazing! Take a look!

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

The Wyvern Hotel – Mid-Week Exclusive – reduced rates available.

Covenant Business Planning & Solutions – Hiring Employees. Who dreads job interviews the most? It’s not prospective candidates — it’s the owners. The hiring process can take several days of your time: reviewing resumes, sitting through interviews, sifting through so many unqualified candidates to find the diamonds in the rough. More information: https://covenant-business.com/?p=1314&preview=true

The Cocoa Exchange – 50% off Everything!

ARCHway Institute – ‘Funding Recovery’ Concert Series.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Annual Antique Ford Car Show on March 6.

Sea Grape Gallery – Guest Artists for March 2021. March Courtyard Sale on March 12 & 13 – supporting Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Strings in the Garden: Baroque + Beatles + Wine at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens on March 14, and Harborside Brass at Four Points by Sheraton on April 11. Click Here for details.

AMH Community Outreach – FREE Concert in the Park on now March 14, 1pm to 5pm in Laishley Park. Click Here for more details.

Fishermen’s Village – St Patrick’s Day at the Village on March 17. March Events Calendar.

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – Mural Ribbon Cutting & Dedication – Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field Mural, March 18 at 5pm, Veterans Park.

TEAM Punta Gorda – Build a Bike, Win a Bike cycling event on March 18. Annual TEAM Golf Scramble on March 20.

Chelsea Place – Senior Resources Open House on March 19. Any questions, please call Amie Conti (941)787-0687

ARCHway Institute – Annual Tennis (March 26) & Golf (March 27) Tournaments.

Englewood Beach Waterfest – Poker Run around Charlotte Harbor March 27.

Loveland Center – Come run with us at the beautiful Florida Southwestern State College Charlotte Campus on April 11th, 2021.  All proceeds will benefit Loveland Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that provides support services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Charlotte County. Loveland offers the opportunity for individuals with I/DD to be seen as equals in their community through the acquisition of independent life skills and visibility in their community. They deserve “Equality through Opportunity” to reach personal goals, just like you and me!  Sign up by March 23rd, 2021 and receive a FREE race t-shirt! Space is limited, so sign up early and help support the children and adults we serve at Loveland Center Charlotte County!  https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/LovelandCenterIncAbility5KRunFamilyWalk

Job Opportunities

PGICA – Looking for an Executive Director. Click Here for more details.

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135 Punta Gorda is looking for a Kitchen Assistant (Prep, no Cooking). Days, Evenings & Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20 hours available immediately. $10/Hour. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599.

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135 Punta Gorda is looking for a Wine Bar Tender. Days / Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20-40 hours available immediately. Hourly Wage + Tips. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135 Punta Gorda is looking for a Server. Days, Evenings & Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20-40 hours available immediately. Hourly Wage + Tips. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Boutique)1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135 Punta Gorda is looking for a Retail Clerk. Tuesday – Saturday (Days) 10-5. Days and Hours vary. Approximately 20 hours. Available immediately. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599.

Beach Bums Are you looking for a great part-time position? We are located on the beautiful Charlotte Harbor in Fishermen’s Village is hiring. Currently looking for a smiling face (yes you can see under the mask), have superior customer service skills and a strong work ethic then we want you! Please apply in person only. No phone calls. Position is for Sunday, Monday and Thursdays.

Simply Sweet We are looking for the sweet in you! Simply Sweet needs additional staff to join our fun team. We are located on the beautiful Charlotte Harbor in Fishermen’s Village. If you like candy, this is the place to work. A flexible schedule is necessary. Days, evening, and weekend hours available. Apply in person only.


ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Players – Jan-Feb Newsletter 2021

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Drug Free Punta Gorda – January-February Newsletter

Hope4Communities – Newsletter

Lennore Shubel, Realtor – January Newsletter

PGD Buzz – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – February Newsletter

Sandstar Remodeling – February Newsletter

TIME Realty – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – February at The Yoga Sanctuary: Letters of Love

Community Events

Punta Gorda Garden Club‘s new event, HOP’N INTO SPRING, which will take place on March 6, 2021. Like many other non-profits our club has had to greatly alter our plans during the pandemic. This will be our only fund raiser of the fiscal year and, as always, the proceeds will fund our scholarship program and community beautification and environmental projects.


John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Charlotte Community Foundation

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry –ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr, Farr, Emerich,Hackett, Carr, and Holmes Law Firm

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital

Granny Nannies Home Care

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

Pickleplex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Agency -Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholestry Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross, & Young, PA

Port Charlotte Florist (In Kind)

Support Partners